September issue no. 253
August/September 2015 issue no. 253


On Sale: July 21, 2015
Subscribers should receive this issue by July 13th.

On the Cover:
Refinish worn wood flooring

HOUSES 2015:
Read the issue online.

View the digital issue




Articles
Page
REFINISH YOUR WOOD FLOORS
by Brent Kelosky
Uncover the beauty in old hardwood flooring with a little patience and some great professional advice


40
FIXING COMMON GUTTER BLUNDERS
by Brent Briggs
Design and install gutters as if they prevent damp foundations, peeling paint, and mold—because they do

46
A NEW FACE FOR AN OLD CAPE
by Brian Hamor
An architect applies a modern mountain vibe to a New Enlgand icon

50
DESIGNING FOR DURABILITY
by Jay Crandell and Jamie Lyons
An updated HUD guide demonstrates that a durable house is also a dry house

56
TODAY'S BEST EXTERIOR TRIM
by Gary M. Katz
A veteran carpenter sorts through 10 of the latest engineered options

61
ENHANCE YOUR LIFE WITH AN OUTDOOR SHOWER
by Brian Pontolilo
After a weekend of plumbing, site work, and carpentry, you can wash up in your handiwork

66
TEN TIPS FOR FAST TRIM
by Joe Milicia
Improve the speed and quality of your next trim job with better layout, assembly, and installation

68
GET THE MOST FROM YOUR MULTITOOL
by Kevin Ireton
Even if you've had an oscillating tool for years, you may not be using it to its full potential

74


Departments

Page

CONTRIBUTORS

12
LETTERS
View all letters

14
HOW IT WORKS
Wood rot

18
TIPS & TECHNIQUES
A Better Doorway Seal
Setting Tile With a Caulk Gun
Don't Let Blisters Slow You Down
Drill Holder for Ladders
Baseboard Scarf Joint
A Simple Trick Straightens Threads
Shopmade Miter Box Comes in Handy

22
TOOLS & MATERIALS
Smart air scrubber
Quick-to-deploy worksurface
A less expensive platform ladder
A new spin on toilets
Thrifty subfloor adhesive
Pergola uplift protection
Fine footwear

26
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Drinking-Water Filtration Systems: Carafe, faucet mounted, undersink, and reverse osmosis

34
PROJECT GALLERY
The Ranchero

Project Gallery: View or post your own projects here

78
Q&A
Watertight window flashing
Can radon mitigation work with interior perimeter drains?
One fan or two?
Excapsulating framing in spray foam

82
ENERGY-SMART DETAILS
Adding insulation to basement walls

86
BUILDING SKILLS
Replacing a Floorboard

88

DRAWING BOARD
Well-Proportioned Trim

92
TAILGATE
Colby M. Broadwater III: College President

Web Extra: Extended interview

96
FINISHING TOUCH
Glass in the Garden

98